Under The Covers Vol. 2 - Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
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  • Summary: Sid 'n Susie (Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs) team up together once again to cover the music of the 1970s.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 12
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  1. Working out of his home studio, Sweet--joined by drummer Ric Menck and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz--nails every sonic nuance, buried under cumulous clouds of glorious boy/girl harmonies.
  2. The result is a skilled and, if you like extremely faithful covers, enjoyable set.
  3. Some might fit a little too perfectly, so close to the originals that there doesn’t seem to be much point. But they best serve as reminders about what was so great about them to begin with.
  4. It finds the duo moving ahead one decade, though very little else in their repertoire has changed.
  5. If Vol. 2 feels oddly rote, it'll still be interesting to hear how the pair might tackle the music of their actual contemporaries should they move into the '80s and '90s on subsequent outings.
  6. Sweet and Hoffs’s pedigree separates this covers comp from the chaff, which is why people like Lindsey Buckingham guest on their inspired version of Fleetwood Mac’s 'Second Hand News' and George Harrison’s kid, Dhani, on their take on 'Beware Of Darkness.'
  7. Every “new” power-pop tune produced in the last 30 years is already a practical cover of these songs, so producing actual covers of them is redundant.

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  1. Apr 2, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Swedish band I was listening to when you stepped into my "office' was Peter Bjorn and John. The song was called "Young Folks". I wish I could erase you from my mind. Not a minute goes by when I don't think about you. Expand